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The director or chairperson of the department or school of music serves a critical role as "middle management" in postsecondary educational institutions. Heightened demand for accountability in the utilization of scarce resources, especially during times of economic uncertainty, intensifies the demand for effective leadership in guiding the development of the…
Although most music faculty would agree that curricula must continually evolve in order to address changing circumstances, doing so is often no easier than reducing the federal deficit. Few mind adding new courses, whether they be in jazz, world musics, popular music, or improvisation, but when existing credit hours must…
As long ago as Vancouver in 1985, when I first came upon The College Music Society, the blend of music and education in the conference sessions and publications was irresistible. It became apparent to me then that music education was a broad and encompassing concept that included K-12 public and…
Among the most publicized effects of the current economic crisis in America is the decline in state support for higher education. California, for decades the nation's leader in funding for post-secondary instruction, this year experienced the nation's second highest cuts in its higher education appropriation a massive twelve percent decline.…
Teachers ask questions for different reasons in the United States and in Japan. In the United States, the purpose of a question is to get an answer. In Japan, teachers pose questions to stimulate thought. A Japanese teacher considers a question to be a poor one if it elicits an…
One of my favorite things to do is to take an hour now and then to observe the masterful teaching of one or another of my colleagues. At the close of a class or lesson, we may talk a bit about specific points that were made on cultural milieu of…
Evaluation is a matter of the most central importance to the members of this Society. Indeed, it would be hard to come to any other conclusion after reviewing the real-life consequences of typical evaluation decisions. Which faculty members will receive travel stipends, merit raises, tenure, or promotion in rank? Which…
Artistic freedom is sometimes held up as an absolute requirement for any serious artist. Yet for university artist-professors, colleague and peer evaluators, as well as audiences and donors, frequently have agenda that restrict that freedom. While freedom of expression is essential to artistic quality, that freedom is limited. Absolute artistic…
To say that art music in the United States today is experiencing a period of stagnation would be a gross understatement -- for in fact, if it is not already dead, it is most certainly dying. As the musics of America's popular/commercial culture thrive, and those of the jazz, ethnic,…
We are educating musicians in challenging times for the arts in the United States. At every hand, we receive information about budget shortfalls, program cuts, increasing financial barriers to graduate study, diminishing course offerings, golden handshakes, loss of faculty positions, and increasing competition for those positions that remain in music.…
Often I leave a concert experiencing feelings of both amusement and annoyance. This mixture of emotions stems from what I sometimes think is a double standard. The post-performance comments I typically hear invariably center around how the music was interpreted: "I thought she really played the second movement beautifully," or,…
The idea of performance as a suitable model for pedagogy has taken a bad rap lately at my school. An article by Jane Tompkins, entitled "Pedagogy of the Distressed" [College English 52 (1990): 653-60], which explicitly rejects the performance model, has provoked lively discussion in a variety of interdisciplinary faculty…
The rows of forward-facing chairs fill quickly as the appointed hour of the recital approaches. Everyone there has purchased a season ticket for these recitals; for some, the next 90 minutes had cost more than $25.00. Some have come because of the performer's reputation, others because of the material that…
The 1989 National Governors' Conference on Educational Reform, in calling for more rigor and higher standards for student learning, established six major goals for American education. Arts educators were incensed that these goals did not include the arts as areas of basic study for young people in the United States.…
The American Council on Education (ACE) is located in the nation's capitol on the top floor of One Dupont Circle, which is better known as the National Center for Higher Education. The center, created through a generous gift from the Kellogg Foundation some twenty-five years ago, was intended to help…
As we face difficult times in higher education, times that require prioritizing resources by our institutions, as well as by the faculty and administrators of our music units, all of us are concerned as to whether the university administration, as represented nationally by the American Council on Education, fully understands…
I was genuinely impressed with the diversity of addresses, panel discussions, presentations/demonstrations, workshops, exhibits, concerts/performances, and other professional activities at our annual meeting in San Diego in November. At one session I was caught up in music from the Age of Columbus; at another session I was fascinated with approaches…